June 12th, 2015
Almost half of Better at Home programs are now eligible to receive more funding based on community characteristics and need.
As Better at Home is evolving, we’ve developed a new funding model. Under the previous framework, Better at Home programs received up to $100,000 per year, with a few exceptions. The new model, however, allocates funding based on community characteristics and need, and number of seniors served.
As a result, almost half of Better at Home programs are now eligible to receive more funding. The remaining programs will maintain their original funding level, usually $100,000.
This new funding model has been developed to ease waitlists that are starting to emerge at some of the more successful programs. As Better at Home has developed and expanded, so have demands for subsidised services. Waitlists may develop for a variety of reasons, including the need to match clients with service providers who have particular language skills. Better at Home programs are starting to track and report on waitlist numbers and reasons, which should help better allocate funding to areas with the greatest need.
Improving resource allocation to areas with high service demands is one way Better at Home is responding to program demands around the province, helping local organizations to better support seniors to remain independent at home.